Aile d'Argent 2017

RegionBordeaux
SubregionBordeaux Appellation
ColourWhite
TypeStill

This is the dry white wine of Mouton Rothschild that has been produced in small quantities since the first vintage in 1991. The vineyard (which is planted with 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Semillon and 2% Muscadelle) is inland from the Chateau at the edge of the Pauillac appellation but the wine is labelled AC Bordeaux. The 2017 vintage is composed of 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Semillon and 1% Muscadelle.


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Tasting Notes

The 2017 Aile d’Argent is slightly deeper in colour than the 2018. Philippe Dhalluin told me that it underwent partial (14%) malolactic fermentation. It has a perfumed, quite floral bouquet, touches of Nashi pear and wet wool. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine bead of acidity, slightly waxy in texture, spicy with veins of stem ginger towards the persistent finish. This is one of the best Aile d’Argent that I have tasted in recent years. Recommended. Readers should note that a majority of this production is closed with DIAM. 2021 - 2032

Score: 93Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2020

The 2017 Aile d’Argent Blanc, which was the only cru to suffer some frost damage, underwent around 14% malolactic fermentation (normally it is around 30%). It has a fresh, lemon thyme and white peach scented bouquet. The palate is well balanced with fine tension, quite saline with moderate depth, a tang of grapefruit and a touch of stem ginger towards the finish. [Readers should note one-third of this wine will be bottled under composite cork for the first time.] Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink 2020-2030.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

One-third of the crop for this wine was lost to frost. A blend of 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Sémillon and 1% Muscadelle, the 2017 Aile d'Argent has lovely white peaches, lemon curd and beeswax notes with hints of orange peel, grapefruit and a touch of sage. The palate is light to medium-bodied and bursting with exuberant stone fruit and citrus flavors, with a racy line and a long, peachy finish.

Score: 91/93Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

A dense, layered white with lots of exotic fruit, from mangoes to pineapple. Tart tartine. Hints of coconut and orange jam. Full-bodied, very deep and flavored. Fantastic intensity and length. Goes on for minutes. Great, white-Burgundy sensibility to this. A blend of 53% Sauvignon, 46% semillon and 1% Muscadelle. Fabulous already, but much better in 2025.

Score: 98James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020

The impressive ripeness and intensity combined with elegance and finesse are what make this wonderful white. Honeysuckle, apricots, glazed grapefruit, spices and nutmeg. Medium to full body and fleshy fruit that’s lifted by the delicious acidity to the long finish.

Score: 95/96James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

The 2017 Aile d'Argent, Mouton Rothschild's dry white, is creamy and ample in feel. White flowers, apricot, passion fruit, smoke and a range of tropical inflections all run through this textured, exuberant white. Readers will find a white of real phenolic intensity and weight. The blend is 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 46% Sémillon and 1% Muscadelle. 2020 - 2027

Score: 91Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2020

The 2017 Aile d'Argent is quite, dense and powerful with more of a phenolic-like feel, which comes from an unusually high presence of Sauvignon Gris (15%) that is present in the blend. Lemon confit, white flowers and pink grape fruit. In most vintages, Aile d'Argent leans towards the more tropical end of the spectrum, but in 2017, the wine is much more citrus and stone fruit driven. Sadly, yields are down around a third because of frost damage.

Score: 90/92Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018

Super-intense citrus – pink grapefruit. Smoky, scented richness, full and fragrant with apricot in the mouth. Firmly textured, structured, dense and still so fresh. Very, very long. Chalky depth on the creamy textured finish.
Drink 2020-2029

Score: 17.5Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

Acacia honey, tropical pineapple and passion fruit, with a clove-like spicines here on an expressive and bright nose. The palate is juicy and ripe, yet pithy and phenolic, thanks to the Semillon in the blend. Through the mid palate a waxy texture builds before being cut by tangy and bright acidity. The spiciness on the finish is integrated and subtle, adding complexity rather than dominating the wine. This should be approachable on release.

Score: 16Farr Vintners, April 2018

Citrusy fresh the nose is light and bright the start of the palate fresh there is mid richness ripe pears and pineapple with an explosion of fresh fruits on the finish. 2019-28

Score: 90/93Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018

This is a gorgeous wine, with wonderfully round stone fruit flavours, reminiscent of apricot and generous white peach. It shows huge intensity and concentration, with a wet stone minerality on the finish - for me, that is always a texture not a flavour, and extremely welcome in a young white wine. They lost two of the five plots to frost, so production is 35-40% down on normal. The grapes were picked between 30 August and 5 September, and 13% went through malo. There is 1% of Muscadelle in addition to the blend given.
Drinking Window 2019 - 2030

Score: 96Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018

Rather too oily and creamy for my liking, this is a sappy, unctuous wine with little freshness or lift and it is chunky and abrupt on the palate. There is dryness here, but it doesn’t come in the form of acidity freshness, but a hard oak lump. They lost two plots to frost and this left the most perfumed sections, which have exotic, pink grapefruit tones and this is why the wine is so rich and the oak sits in a different aspect on the palate. It will always be a full-bodied wine.

Score: 17Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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